This Memoir marks an interesting departure by the Geological Society into historical geology, yet true to tradition it does provide a definitive and deeply researched account of its subject. It differs in style from other well-received accounts documenting the history of the Highland Controversy and geological research in the Lake District by David Oldroyd. It is probably a more comprehensive research document but does not provide such a coherent and satisfying read as the Oldroyd books. The reader will get more from this Memoir if they have some prior knowledge of the Moine rocks of NW Scotland, and of the...

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